Knights veteran Shaun Kenny-Dowall waited to sit down with coach Nathan Brown to discuss the winger's looming contract.

The 31-year-old had been in some decent form this season managing to play every game to date, but his playing future was always a discussion he needed to have.

"Yeah, I've spoken to Browny about it and he's said there is a real possibility of being another contract there for me. That's great to hear," Kenny-Dowall told the Newcastle Herald.

"If I can lock that in before this back end of the year, I can move forward with a lot of confidence knowing that I'm wanted and have a deal for next year. Then I can just focus on getting the best out of myself and really performing."

The form of Kenny-Dowall made it tough for Newcastle to ignore, and after playing 273 league games it seems as though his ability hasn't wavered.

"I still feel I have a lot to give and I'm nowhere near ready to hang the boots up yet," he said.

"I'm still really keen to push my body to the limit and I'm confident I can get the best out of myself week in, week out. I think I have shown that this year with the consistency of my football and that's what it takes to play in the NRL. I'm confident I can go around again.

"I'm happy to take it a year at a time. I've got to get through another pre-season so ask me in six months time how I'm travelling but I'm still loving playing and loving the challenge each week.

"It doesn't get easier that's for sure. The pre-seasons are getting longer, the intensity is getting higher and the young kids are getting bigger but like I said, I love pushing myself and my body to the limit and I think I still have a lot to give. The big thing for me is just being a really positive influence around the boys and the club."

In the modern game, the fitness and sport science is at a more advanced level, and despite the professionalism and talent of the younger crop Kenny-Dowall excels at meeting expectations.

"I'm not as fast as I was when I was younger but I'm definitely more consistent and have less errors in my game which is an area I've really worked on,' he said.

"These days, wingers are big and more mobile, athletic and strong and the role is to get the sets going and if that's running into a brick-wall most carries, than so be it. You just embrace it and prepare yourself for it."

Kenny-Dowall will suit up for the Knights on Friday Night against the West Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium.


  1. Yes Woody don’t you forget the 2010 grand final when your feathers were plucked by the mighty Red V and led by the greatest of all coaches Wayne Bennett 😘😘😘

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